What is Weeping-tile?
Weeping-tile is also know as foundation drain. Weeping-tile drains the water that runs along the foundation and basement walls of your home and is located adjacent or below the foundation. Weeping-tile is primarily found on homes constructed since 1946 and on some homes prior. Weeping-tile connection to the sanitary sewer was an accepted practice up until 1989.
Weeping-Tile Removal Assistance Program (WRAP)
The City of Niagara Falls is committed to the implementation of a Weeping-tile Removal Assistance Program (WRAP). The purpose of the WRAP program is to disconnect weeping-tile from the sanitary sewer.
The goal of the WRAP program is to:
- Reduce basement flooding
- Reduce sewage over-flows into the natural environment
- Reduce sewage treatment costs
- Increase public awareness
- Provide financial incentives to homeowners who disconnect their weeping-tile
WRAP Funding Available
|Program||Program Components||Funding Conditions|
- Weeping-tile Investigation
- Disconnection of the Weeping-tile
- Sump Pump and Backup
- Labour, materials,(including restoration), permit & taxes.
- Full 100% reimbursement to a maximum of $4,000.00 (including HST)
|Backwater Valve||Weeping-tile Investigation, Purchase & installation of suitably sized Mainline Fullport Backwater Valve (with clear cover); to prevent sewage flows from backing up into the basement.||Full 100% reimbursement to a maximum of $1,200.00 (including HST)|
If you choose to download and print your application, use the Downloadable Application link. Then, mail or fax your completed application to:
City of Niagara Falls
4310 Queen Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 6X5
If you need more information on the WRAP program please call 905-356-7521 ext. 4211 or 4212.
Weeping-tile (Foundation Drains) By-Law
By-law No. 2010-61 prohibits the connection of weeping-tile (or foundation drains), to the sanitary or combined sewer system.